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New Safety Precautions in the District

Abbi Koch, Victoria Parshall and Jason Huseby, Student Journalists

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All over the Untied States, school shootings are becoming an ever growing concern. Ever since the Sandy Hooke and Parkland shootings occurred, schools across the nation have became more aware of the fact that school shootings can happen anywhere.

With that in mind, Rhinelander High School (RHS) recently added safety updates to each of its classrooms over the winter break to help assure the safety of all students and staff. New new window shades to cover the door windows in classrooms were installed and bullet resistant glass is being ordered for both the library and cafeteria as a safety precaution.

According to Dean of Students Matthew Knott, RHS classrooms are getting the new shades to assure everyone’s safety in the classroom.

In October, the school district received an approximately $141,000 Safety Grant from the state. (www.doj.state.wi.us/office-school-safety/school-safety-grants)

The state gave the district a safety grant and with that money we had to do certain things, like staff training and physical security upgrades such as the door shades and bullet resistant glass,” said Mr. Knott. 

The benefit of having the window shades is being able to keep a visual barrier between students and staff, and intruders. They also give privacy to students during medical emergencies. The bullet resistant glass is meant to assure everyone’s safety from the outside of the building in open areas such as the cafeteria and library media center.

According to Mr. Knott the bullet resistant glass is on back order as of right now and will be installed as soon as possible.

“We are trying to be as proactive as possible.” he said.

 

 

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